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We seek a postdoctoral researcher to map landscape changes in the Arctic caused by abrupt permafrost thaw. The postdoctoral researcher will lead development of a deep learning model to identify and map retrogressive thaw slumps at high spatial resolution across key regions of the Arctic. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work closely with a team of scientists at the Woodwell Climate Research Center and collaborating institutions on related projects, including the impacts of permafrost thaw on carbon budgets, climate policy, and Arctic communities.
- Efficiently process high-resolution remote sensing data products from multiple sources/platforms in a high-performance computing environment.
- Lead the development of a new approach to generate maps of landscape disturbance following abrupt permafrost thaw (i.e. retrogressive thaw slumps) in the Arctic.
- Work closely with a team of Arctic researchers to understand and communicate the implications of permafrost thaw on Arctic residents and global climate.
- Lead manuscript preparation and publication.
- Present results at relevant conferences and meetings.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Computer Science, Ecology, Earth System Science, Data Science, Remote Sensing, or a related discipline.
- Data science skills including proficiency handling large data sets and applying AI/machine learning algorithms.
- Experience with cloud-computing preferred, including software as a services (SAS) products such as Google Earth Engine, or a strong desire to learn.
- Experience with R or Python.
- Experience with, or eagerness to learn, the TensorFlow software library for machine learning.
- Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
- Ability to lead a research project.
- Interest in Arctic system science.
- Ability to work as a member of an established collaborative team and lead a regular discussion of project goals, objectives, and task list.
Application review will begin on November 1, 2021.
Desired Start Date: January 3, 2022
Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $65,000-68,000. This is a two-year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.
Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)
Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal found here. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type Postdoctoral Researcher-Arctic on all correspondence.
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